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Primo – Italian Attitude in Soho

Bringing a genuine Italian experience to London’s Soho, here is a restaurant with attitude. Primo, launched December 2012, serves mind-blowing Italian dishes that capture the imagination of any diner. Perfect for both lunches and evenings out, Primo offers an array of hearty tapas, as well as classic dishes such as Risotto of the day, Rigatoni with aubergine, and Tagliatelle al ragu. Relax and enjoy a taste sensation while served by Primo’s charming Italian waiters, who are genuinely passionate about the food. The restaurant features comfortable and understated décor, with pieces of Ronnie Wood’s dramatic artwork lending a splash of colour to […]

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Rooftop Film Club Returns to the Roof Gardens

The beautiful Roof Gardens above Kensington High Street are hosting the Rooftop Film Club once more. With an aim to banish the January blues and bring some fun to this bleak month the Rooftop Film Club will be show casing a line up of classic and cult films beneath the marquee set in the 1.5 acres of themed gardens. Snuggle up on the sofas with a glass of champagne or Peroni and some great food from the barbeque to watch films, ranging  from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Drive. The first films to be shown on Monday 7th January will be […]

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Cinnamon Kitchen’s January Detox

  The city-based Cinnamon Kitchen is welcoming in the New Year with a selection of detox dishes guaranteed to ease your indulgences over the festive season. Available from the 7th to 31st January, their nutritious new menu draws on the health benefits of Indian cuisine, incorporating ingredients known to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, fight heart disease, and boost your immune system. Dishes include a spice-crusted hake with lentil ‘kichri’ & green sauce, accompanied by a punchy cocktail – £9.99 for both. If you’re in need of a deeper detox, the ‘Super-Spice’ menu is £30 per person, available for […]

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Mr Mercer Afternoon Tea

Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel is to be the official hotel partner for the London Collections: Men 2013 from 7th – 9th January. To celebrate the event, the Mercer Street will be welcoming its own Mr. Mercer Afternoon Tea to Dial – the hotel’s bar and restaurant. The tea will have a masculine, modern twist, being served with an Irish coffee or Hot Toddy. London Collections: Men emphasises both the creative and commercial importance of Britain’s brands and emerging talent. 48 designers will showcase collections including Aitor Throup, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and Joseph Abboud. Mercer Street Hotel is […]

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Almeida

Almeida restaurant in Islington is delighted to welcome Robin Gill (two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Noma, Copenhagen), as its new head chef. He will gradually introduce his own style to the Almeida menu with a full re-launch this month. Focusing on clean, incisive flavours, substituting butters and creams with oils and spices, Robin will create a menu featuring lighter dishes using the best of foraged fruit, vegetables and herbs. He will introduce a more contemporary style of cooking with his ingredient led menu using simple combinations with big flavours and playful uses of textures and temperatures. He will […]

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Zeo: booze free style

Looking for a booze alternative for January? Step forward ZEO, inspired by the challenging flavours of premium gin and vodka, master blenders have created the alcohol free spritz in the spirit of alcohol but without the content. Intrigued? The intricate flavour is made from a secret blend of botanicals from all over the world and the clean, crisp taste and peculiar kick promises to be chilling, warming, peppery and tingling all at the same time. Oh yes and if you’re looking for any more encouragement, it comes in at only 38 calories per bottle – which had it served at […]

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Ametsa

Taking the place of Nahm at The Halkin by COMO next month is brand new Basque restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction.  Ametsa will be a unique collaboration between The Halkin and a team that includes chef Elena Arzak– voted World’s Best Female Chef by Restaurant magazine earlier this year – along with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez. Father and daughter hold three Michelin stars at the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain. Elena explains the name: “Ametsa means ‘dream’ in our language. The dream of a kitchen beyond our frontiers, in the […]

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Barts Downright Bloody Mary Menu

So how’s the head? Not to worry, this month Barts is launching the Queen of all hangover cures, The Bloodshot Bloody Mary Menu.Drinks have suitably sanguine names such as Mary Tudor (a devilish blend of Bloodshot, Rose Jam, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup and served with a garnish of Rose Jam on Toast), Bloody Liability (a heady mix of Belvedere Vodka, Bloodshot, Fresh Beetroot, Fresh lemon Juice, Honey and a garnish of Green Salad topped with Beetroot and Parmesan Shavings), The Devil’s Punchbowl (a warm drink served in a teacup and saucer and made with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Bloodshot, Merlot, […]

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New Year’s Eve

With so many parties and events in London throughout the year, choosing where to go can almost be an event in itself and none more so than on New Year’s Eve. Which is why we have a roundup of great parties to see out the end of 2012 and welcome in 2013. Turning back the clocks Whilst we may be celebrating the future and start of the New Year, there is nothing like being transported back in time for a great themed party, championing all the best parts of days gone by, such as Honky Tonk  who is taking their […]

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Tayo’s Tracksuit Party

Well you should have got tonight sorted by now but spare a thought for the morrow. It’s going to be a bright sunny day so no lounging around at home in that xmas onesie. Don your best vintage tracksuit instead and head off to Paradiase by way of Kensal Green for Tayo’s Tracksuit New Year’s Day Party 2012. Actually it doesn’t start til 7pm so you can even get away with doing both! This annual shindig offers a chance for people to get their style on in some nylon – and for Tayo to show off his own tracksuit collection […]

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BRGR.CO

Just launched in Soho is BRGR.CO specialising in classic, fuss-free burgers. The back to basics restaurant focuses on simplicity and quality with carefully sourced ingredients. A straightforward, well-priced menu offers just three choices of burger. Options are the 4oz, 6oz and 8oz so you don’t have to deliberate over what to have – just how hungry you are! Save the dithering for the selection of American-inspired sides, milkshakes and desserts. BRGR.CO uses the finest cuts of 28-day-aged beef from the Duke of Buccleuch Estate in South West Scotland. Simply prepared to enhance the natural flavour of the beef, the burgers […]

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A Burns Night to remember

After Christmas and New Year celebrations January can be a bit of a downer but the recently refurbished Vinopolis has got our backs. It is hosting an evening of Scottish delights on 25 January to celebrate Burns Night! Proceedings start with a whisky cocktail in the Tapas Bar and there follows a dedicated whisky masterclass where you will get to taste three carefully selected Scottish favourites. Next up is a two-course meal hosted by one of the Vinopolis experts who will present the perfect whisky match and deliver the traditional Address to the Haggis and a toast to the lasses! […]

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